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Survey: DOMAINfest Best Domain Industry Conference

February 23, 2011domain roundtable, Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, traffic conferenceComments Off on Survey: DOMAINfest Best Domain Industry Conference

DOMAINfest takes top honors again.

DOMAINfest is the best domain name conference, according to survey respondents in the Sixth Annual Domain Name Wire Survey.

42% of those that have attended a domain conference said DOMAINfest is best. 39% said TRAFFIC was best.

Of the people who answered this question, more had attended a TRAFFIC conference than DOMAINfest. 67% of those that have attended a DOMAINfest show say it’s the best conference and 50% of those who have gone to TRAFFIC say TRAFFIC is best.

DOMAINfest just concluded its biggest show of the year — and perhaps the biggest domainer focused event ever with 700+ people — last month. The franchise will also hold a European show in Barcelona and one day events in New York and Las Vegas later this year.

TRAFFIC plans to hold just one conference in 2011.

Domain Roundtable came in a distant third place with 7% of the vote. After taking a year off, Domain Roundtable heads to the Bahamas in a couple weeks.

The niche GeoDomain Expo as well as Domainer Mardi Gras each received 5% of the vote. Domainer Mardi Gras is on hiatus this year.

You can see more survey results at domainnamewire.com/survey.


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TRAFFIC Extended Auction Ends Thursday

October 27, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, latonas.com, rick latona, traffic conferenceComments Off on TRAFFIC Extended Auction Ends Thursday

Extended domain name auction ends tomorrow.

The extended TRAFFIC conference domain name auction run by Latonas.com ends Thursday at 11:15 EDT.

So far four domain names have received bids: Pisos.co (apartments/flats in Spanish) at $15,000, Coche.co (cars in Spanish) at $9,950, Piso.co at $9,950, and AutoReply.com at $1,500.

The extended auction also includes two domain names that appeared sold in the live domain name auction, Shock.com and BVI.com/.co. Latonas believes the bids for these two domain names were fraudulent. Shock.com originally “sold” for $200,000 at the live auction, and BVI.com and BVI.co sold for $110,000.

There are over 750 domain names in the extended auction. The inventory is relatively heavy with .co, .cm, and .tv domain names. A few of the names that look interesting to me at starting bids include:

Physical.com and Physical.co $35,000
MadridJobs.com $500
SanFrancisco.co $400


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TRAFFIC Awards Results Live from Miami

October 19, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, traffic conferenceComments Off on TRAFFIC Awards Results Live from Miami

TRAFFIC awards ceremony concludes in Miami.

Just moments ago TRAFFIC announced the winners of its annual awards at the TRAFFIC conference in Miami. The show organizers said they received a record number of votes.

Best new monetization solution – WhyPark
Best overall domain solution – Sedo (second year in a row)
Developer of the year – Rob Monster (with Epik)
We get it award – National A-1 (owners of some of the best premium generic domain names)
Best domain news blog – Elliot Silver (Elliot’s Blog)
Sponsor of the Year – .Co (who put on a great party at the Versace Mansion last night)
Domainer of the Year – Gregg McNair (PPX, also promoter of The Water School)
Domainer Hall of Fame – Monte Cahn and Rick Latona


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TheHill.com Covers Stearns’ Visit to TRAFFIC Plus Domain Lobbying

October 16, 2010Cliff Stearns, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, Policy & Law, thehill.com, traffic conference, VeriSignComments Off on TheHill.com Covers Stearns’ Visit to TRAFFIC Plus Domain Lobbying

Influential political web site discusses domain name industry involvement in politics.

The popular political site TheHill.com — which gets well over a million unique visitors a month — has published a post about Rep. Cliff Stearns’ (R-Fla.) visit to the TRAFFIC conference in Florida next week. The story mentions the types of people that will attend next week’s conference (including an optimistic 500+ attendee figure), as well as Stearns’ political ambitions.

The article also covers the domain name industry’s lobbying contributions, citing Go Daddy as particularly active. Although Go Daddy spends more on lobbying than any other registrar, domain registry VeriSign spends much more.

The TRAFFIC show starts Sunday evening at the Loews in South Beach. Show co-founder Rick Schwartz estimates that 300-400 people will attend.


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Pay for TRAFFIC Conference with Your Domains

September 27, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, epik, epik bucks, traffic conferenceComments Off on Pay for TRAFFIC Conference with Your Domains

Trade-in your domains for a ticket to TRAFFIC South Beach.

This month’s Epik conference had a unique twist — you could pay for conference admission by trading in domain names.

I was a bit surprised, yet excited, to learn this morning that you’ll be able to do the same thing for October’s TRAFFIC conference. Rob Monster has worked out a deal with TRAFFIC organizers to let you pay for admission with Epik bucks.

To take advantage of the offer you need to send a list of domains to Epik quickly because the deal ends September 30. Epik will respond with an offer to buy your domains with Epik bucks. I suspect this offer will bring in a number of additional attendees to the conference.

Epik is also bringing SwapFest to TRAFFIC. The event premiered at Epik’s conference earlier this month. It was the first domain swapping event with a common currency and it worked — $100,000 in domains changed hands.


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Rick Latona Puts AEIOU.com Up for Sale

January 18, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, latonas.com, rick latona, traffic conferenceComments Off on Rick Latona Puts AEIOU.com Up for Sale

AEIOU.com among the domains for sale at this week’s live domain auction.

Rick Latona Auctions released its final inventory for this week’s TRAFFIC conference auction in Las Vegas. Lot #1180 may look familiar: AEIOU.com.

This is the domain name Rick Latona used for his minisite development service, which he closed down last year. It can be yours for a reserve range of $40,000-$50,000.

Here are a few domain names in the auction that I like upon first glance:

Motivating.com – $3,000-$4,000 – a no brainer for a motivational speaker. Perhaps Joseph McClendon III should bid on this one.

Lemons.com $30,000-$40,000 – I don’t know if it will sell in this market, but this is a great domain.

CatFood.com $50,000-$75,000 – Would be brilliant for a cat food company (not an e-commerce site).

This auction will be the first to use the new Latonas.com online bidding interface. Previously, Rick Latona Auctions used the third party service Proxibid for online bidding.


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Suddenly, Content Takes Center Stage at Domain Conferences

January 4, 2010Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, traffic conferenceComments Off on Suddenly, Content Takes Center Stage at Domain Conferences

Good content sessions planned for January domain conferences.

I rarely go to sessions and panels at trade shows. I prefer to spend my time networking. That’s especially true at domain name shows, because I usually find the programming banal. But that may change this month. The agendas for both T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and DOMAINfest have some interesting — if not exciting — sessions.

TRAFFIC
Friday, January 22nd 1:45-3:00 – WIPO Reviews. Some of my favorite sessions in the past have been on legal topics. But TRAFFIC’s legal panel this month will be especially interesting because it will keep the panelists on topic, discussing only recent UDRP decisions.

Saturday, January 23rd 1:30PM – 02:45PM – Playing the Drop Market. It’s a great topic that is often left off the agenda. Perhaps it’s because people don’t want to share their secrets. If TRAFFIC is able to bring in some of the bigger players and get them to give good tips, this could be a great session.

Saturday, January 23rd 3:00PM-6:00PM – Test Track. Test Track debuted at TRAFFIC NYC last fall. TRAFFIC’s organizers are doubling down for the second go-around, with the hopes of a deal consummating on stage.

DOMAINfest
Tuesday, January 26 11:00AM-12:15PM – PITCHfest. A competition where contestants get to pitch their products for increasing web traffic and monetizing traffic. I like the idea of PITCHfest. On Thursday, DOMAINfest will host LAUNCHfest, where contestants compete for the best plan to launch a web site on one of show host Oversee.net’s domain names. I still don’t understand the incentive for people to participate in LAUNCHfest, so it will be interesting to see how it comes to fruition.

Wednesday, January 27 11:00AM-12:15PM – Keynote. Zappos.com founder Tony Hsieh chats about his successful business ventures and domain names.

Wednesday, January 27 3:30-4:45 – How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success. For some reason, the domain industry seems to be out of tune with the rest of the internet marketing world, including SEO. If this were just another search engine panel, I’d say blah. But DOMAINfest has lined up some of the most respected players in the field, including Danny Sullivan and Bruce Clay.


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Rick Latona Auctions Scores Big in New York

October 27, 2009Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, rick latona auctions, traffic conferenceComments Off on Rick Latona Auctions Scores Big in New York

Auction results are impressive.

With Rick Latona Auctions taking over as exclusive auctioneer at TRAFFIC conferences next year, a lot of people questioned if it would be up to the challenge. Many of those questions were answered this evening in New York.

The final tally appears to be about $1.25 million or so in sales. That’s a respectable number. But it’s what’s behind the numbers that should be applauded.

Exhibit 1: PinkDiamond.com. This domain sold for $18,000, a decent sale. What’s impressive is that the domain sold for just shy of $8,000 at Sedo over the summer. Within a few months, Rick Latona Auctions was able to more than double the buyer’s money.

I wasn’t personally at the auction and wasn’t able to tune in for long online, so I can’t speak to how well it flowed. I caught the first ten minutes and am happy to report that it started basically on time. That may be the first time in domain auction history across all auctioneers that a live auction has started on time.

Here are the top sales from the auction, according to Proxibid:

Rio.com $450,000
Whiskey.com $185,000 (hopefully this will shut up everyone with liquor domains who think their domains should sell for $3 million like Vodka.com did)
SchoolLoans.com $137,500 (includes web site)
iAuction.com $50,000
Porn.co.za $45,000
Boy.com $45,000


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Two Domain Conferences on Tap for October

October 1, 2009Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedopro partner forum, traffic conferenceComments Off on Two Domain Conferences on Tap for October

Two domain conferences hit the United States in October.


Casa Marina Resort in Key West

Two major domain name events are taking place in October.

Sedo will hold its annual SedoPro Partner Forum October 7th – 9th at Casa Marina Resort, located on the island of Key West, Florida. This invitation-only event is limited to Sedo’s big customers in the SedoPro program. If it’s anything like the last stateside event in New York, it will be an event to remember.

Then T.R.A.F.F.I.C. returns to the Brooklyn Marriott October 26-29 for its fall show. The conference’s organizers are still putting the final touches on the agenda, but they mixed things up a bit, including adding a business plan competition. Both Rick Latona Auctions and Moniker will host live domain name auctions during the event. This will be the last Moniker live auction at a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. event, as Rick Latona will be the sole auction provider going forward. Registration is still available for $1995.


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